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Sherry Rooftop Tasting Video

We realize it’s been awhile since we’ve done a rooftop tasting, but we found that it was too difficult to both drink and tape ourselves, kind of like patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time. Obviously, we needed help, and Andres was our man! Bringing his girlfriend Aisha (the only other female towering over my munchkin self) we spent the evening learning about Sherry, eating great tapas and doing what we do best, enjoying yet another Terrassa sunset!

Video Summary:

Sherry Wines Tasted
We tasted four Sherry wines and will be posting Bodega Profiles on each winery in the coming week.

N.V. Emilio Lustau Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Puerto Fino
N.V. Hijos de Rainera Perez Marin Jerez-Xérès-Sherry “La Guita” Manzanilla
N.V. Bodegas Gran Mariscal Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Amontillado “Muy Vieja”
N.V. Bodegas Gran Mariscal Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Oloroso Viejisimo “Monte Alto”

Amontillado Sherry
You will notice in the video that Ryan tried with all his might to remember the title of this Edgar Allen Poe short story about Amontillado Sherry, and although he didn’t awake at 3am with the title, we did include a link to the story below:

The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

For Additional Information on Sherry Wine

Finally, if you would like more information on Sherry after watching our video, we have included a series of informative past articles for you to use as additional resources.

Sherry 101 – Basics of this noble wine!
Almacenistas
PX
Sherry Rooftop Tasting
I Love Lemmingsâ€Â¦They Leave such Nice Wines for Me!
Sherry – Spain’s Cure for Summer heat!
Timeline of Spanish Sherry
Sherry Questions – Answers – Ideas
Six courses of sherry..What to pair with themâ€Â¦
A drier, crisper sherry for fall’s flavors

Again, please let us know your thoughts on the video and thanks for watching!

Cheers,
Gabriella

Ryan’s Tasting Notes

  • N.V. Emilio Lustau Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Puerto Fino – Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry (7/20/2007)
    Light in color, the nose is so complex and enjoyable I find my nose at the glass more than my lips. Nutty raw almond notes, combine with honeydew, sea breeze, buttercups(flowers), and fresh air! Delicate in the mouth while at the same time a bit zingy with a vibrancy that reminds me of a cold shower. White flowers, salted melon, and the sensation of fresh crush nuts mixed with the flor that protected the wine for so long. This wine is very enjoyable and the finish lingers in your mouth for what seems like forever.
    4.5 grape

    4.5/5

  • N.V. Hijos de Rainera Perez Marin Jerez-Xérès-Sherry La Guita Manzanilla – Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry (7/20/2007)
    Light gold green in color. The nose shows the flor and musty orange blossom honey, with a light green melon backdrop. Medium acidity with medium body and a creamy mouth feel. Light salt air notes combine with raw nuts and once again the delicate melon. Really a perfectly enjoyable summer white.
    4 grape
  • N.V. Bodegas Gran Mariscal Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Amontillado Muy Viejo – Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry (7/20/2007)
    Light vanilla color with a nose that reminds me of baked raisins, dusty flor, wood varnish, caramel and vanilla. Medium acidity with the alcohol being quite apparent. Wood and nuts mix in the mouth with varnish creeping as does a salty element that seems to be wrapped up with the raisins, maple syrup and vanilla.
    3.5 grape
  • N.V. Bodegas Gran Mariscal Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Oloroso Viejísimo Monte Alto – Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry (7/20/2007)
    Diluted brown syrup in color, this wine jumps out of the glass with a nose of light acetone that blows off to wood varnish and sawdust. Maple syrup creeps in and continues to get stronger as it sits in the glass with baked hazelnut aromas and cobweb laden basement. Medium body with a light acidity and full mouth feel. Baked raisin, caramel, tart cherry, and a long finish that brings, cinnamon notes, caramel, and orange zest. Lingering and delightful!
    4 grape

Gabriella’s Tasting Notes

  • N.V. Emilio Lustau Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Puerto Fino – Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry (7/20/2007)
    Light colored with a nose that is not so surprisingly better than the last bottle we had which was oxidized. The bouquet was so layered that I had a difficult time distinguishing between aromas of sea salt, melon, lime popsicles, green apple and almond. The mouthfeel felt a little like poprocks spring to life in my mouth slowly settling to a buttery mouthfeel. I tasted lots of lemon-vanilla ice cream on the palate followed by cashews, butterscotch, white/yellow flowers and salt. Really a fun wine that made me realize I am turning to the dark side and becoming a young sherry wine lover!
    4.5 grape

    4.5/5

  • N.V. Hijos de Rainera Perez Marin Jerez-Xérès-Sherry La Guita Manzanilla – Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry (7/25/2007)
    Light green straw color filled with aromas ofgrass, ripe green pear, cantalope with a intermixed with hints of mandarine and butter. Interesting mouthfeel with a nice acidity that hits you on the back of your palate followed by a creamy and buttery sensation that just coats your mouth. The palate is fun, nothing to scream from the rafters, but worth checking out with flavors of lime, peach and salty almonds.
    3 grape
  • N.V. Bodegas Gran Mariscal Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Amontillado Muy Viejo – Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry (7/25/2007)
    The color is reminiscent of the burnt caramel you’d find on a flan. Strong raisin nose with wood varnish, vanilla, cooked peaches, chicken broth and walnuts. Tangy mouthfeel, making me wonder if it isn’t just a tad over the top in the alcohol department. Wishing for a little less of the syrupy sweetness – takes me back to the Minnesota state fair, and I’m not sure that’s a good thing. Cooked raisins, orange, Aunt Jemima’s maple syrup and vanilla extract.
    3.5 grape
  • N.V. Bodegas Gran Mariscal Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Oloroso Viejísimo Monte Alto – Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry (7/25/2007)
    Rich dark wood varnish color! Complex and layered bouquet of cooked raisins, cinnamon, maple syrup, reduced nectarines to the point of being a syrup and toasted almonds. Very robust mouthfeel that reminds me of a port. The palate has just a wave of caramel that hits you right off the bat, followed by oranges, slight butterscotch, ginga (Portuguese cherry liquor), flowers and apricot. A little to astringent for my taste, but an overall good wine!
    4 grape